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Poster: MrMovie Date: Sep 23, 2008 8:07pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Copyrighted or PD ??

Before I decide to upload these three films I wonder if someone can verify the copyright status. I checked four times with the copyright office (on line) and every time I check none of these titles show up as being under copyright. All that pops up is "No Such Title Found." However, I'm still not 100% sure of their status. If anyone has some way to verify the copyrights it would be much appreciated.

1. PASSPORT TO ALCATRAZ 1940 (Columbia Pictures)
2. PRISON SHIP - 1945 (Columbia Pictures)
3. AVALANCHE - 1946 (Imperial Pictures Corporation)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: Sep 23, 2008 8:27pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Copyrighted or PD ??

These will not show up in the Copyright Office database, which shows renewals for works copyrighted 1950-on. Many people assume that a simple check of this database is all they need to do. In this case, a check of Copyright Office records for earlier years would have to be done, and that cannot be done online at this time for motion pictures.

Also, this isn't the proper forum for this question -- please try Feature Films.